34 dead as Egypt Islamists try to galvanise protests
CAIRO (AFP) - At least 34 people were killed in clashes between Islamists and police in Egypt on Sunday, as thousands of supporters of the military marked the anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
Supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, overthrown in a July military coup, tried to converge on a central Cairo square for the anniversary celebrations, when police confronted them.
At least 30 people were killed in Cairo, and four south of the capital, and 209 people were wounded, senior health ministry official Khaled al-Khatib said in a statement. An interior ministry official told AFP no policemen were killed in the clashes.
In central Cairo, policemen fired shots and tear gas to disperse stone-throwing protesters. AFP correspondents saw several suspected demonstrators being arrested and beaten.